By Charles Dickens
Generations of readers were enchanted by way of Dickens’s A Christmas Carolthe so much joyful ghost tale ever written, and the unforgettable story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ethical regeneration. Written in precisely a couple of weeks, A Christmas Carol famously recounts the plight of Bob Cratchit, whose family members reveals pleasure even in poverty, and the transformation of his miserly boss Scrooge as he's visited by means of the ghosts of Christmas earlier, current, and future.
From Scrooge’s "Bah!" and "Humbug!" to Tiny Tim’s "God bless us each one!" A Christmas Carol shines with heat, decency, kindness, humility, and the price of the vacations. yet underneath its sentimental floor, A Christmas Carol deals one other of Dickens’s sharply severe photographs of a brutal society, and an inspiring get together of the potential for non secular, mental, and social change.
This new quantity collects Dickens’s 3 "most well known Christmas Books," together with The Chimes, a brand new Year’s story, and The Cricket at the Hearth, whose eponymous creature is still silent in the course of sorrow and chirps amid happiness.
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He marries Catherine Hogarth; the couple eventually will have ten children. Dickens becomes intensely and unceasingly prolific, continuing to write feverishly throughout his life. He begins The Pickwick Papers, his first novel, which sets the precedent of serialization that he will follow for nearly all of his novels. He meets his future biographer John Forster. 1837 Victoria is crowned queen. Dickens becomes the editor of the new magazine Bentley舗s Miscellany and begins publishing installments of his novel Oliver Twist in the journal.
If we were not perfectly convinced that Hamlet舗s Father died before the play began, there would be nothing more remarkable in his taking a stroll at night, in an easterly wind, upon his own ramparts, than there would be in any other middle-aged gentleman rashly turning out after dark in a breezy spot舒say Saint Paul舗s Churchyard for instance舒literally to astonish his son舗s weak mind. Scrooge never painted out Old Marley舗s name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door: Scrooge and Marley.
Nor is money itself a solution to any moral problem; only as the outward expression of a genuine inward desire to help does it have any effect. And to Dickens that genuine inward desire to help is of more real worth than any quantity of coin. G. K. Chesterton (best known for his Father Brown mysteries) rightly said of Dickens that he was not political. But Dickens saw through not merely politics, but also the underlying attitudes that enable politics of any stripe. The true miseries and deprivations and destructiveness of poverty were and are abundant and evident; there was nothing Dickens hated more than people who deliberately shut their eyes and pretended not to know or understand in order to promote their own already established attitudes.
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